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Hounded

af Kevin Hearne

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Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his peaceful life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus's magical sword, forcing Atticus to call upon some unlikely allies for help.
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3.5 stars. ( )
  Sara_Lucario | Oct 19, 2021 |
Holy cow! The first installment in a relatively new urban fantasy series, Hounded demonstrates that Kevin Hearne is definitely a contender in what is getting to be a crowded field. Druidry, witchcraft, vampires, werewolves, G/gods and G/goddesses, demons, and Death on a pale horse - all can be found here, but not once does this magical menagerie get confusing or hard to follow.

Oh, and there's an Irish Wolfhound named Oberon that is simply the coolest fictional dog ever written, in my opinion, and an endearing Irish widow who drinks before Sunday service and can get along with just about anyone as long as they aren't evil or British.

It's an awesome book. Read it. You'll want to read the next one right after.


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  Mahnogard | Aug 28, 2021 |
Repost 2011 review:

To the best of my recollection the last time I read so-called "urban fantasy" that term didn't encompass too many authors besides Charles de Lint. Now it seems to account for a hefty chunk of the fantasy genre. Unfortunately the vast majority of them seem to be written in my least favorite POV, first person. I think first person is the easiest to write, but deceptively difficult to write well. While it does have its good points, this book would probably have been improved immensely by being written in the third person. Three reasons I can give offhand for that belief are as follows:

1. It would be much easier to buy the lead as a 2000 year old druid if we weren't constantly in his head seeing him act and think like a frat boy.

2. Attempting to convey the character's awesomeness and power by having him tell us himself just makes him seem like a conceited prick.

3. The lead either performs or allows to occur several rather morally despicable acts in the course of the story. While it might have been possible to get away with this without it seriously damaging his likability if the author had managed to convincingly give the sense of a character from a different age and culture, he has failed to do so, (see #1) thus making the lead rather loathsome at several points. I almost abandoned the book after about 1/3 of the way through.

I'm not saying it would be impossible to pull these things off in first person, but in my opinion he failed to do so, and it would likely have been easier in the third. The main character also feels like a bit of a "Mary Sue", though my completely baseless suspicion is that that's a fairly common problem in this particular subgenre.

Considering the fact that one of the reasons I picked up this particular book was the fact that the main character is a druid and not a vampire, werewolf, or some other vomit inducing cliche, surprisingly the main character's werewolf and vampire lawyer team was one of the highlights for me. I don't rule out trying the next book in the series at some point, but it's certainly not an automatic buy for me. ( )
  WeaselBox | May 16, 2021 |
I'm actually writing this review whilst listening to the last fight scene; the writing got so boring that I don't care anymore and am just skimming the rest of the book.

There's so many things that's bad about this book, but I couldn't muster enough energy to write about _all_ that's wrong.

Instead I would highly recommend reading this review as I think it's pretty spot on: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/421035569

There's more that's terrible, but let me say this. If you're thinking of reading this because you love Dresden Files, then stay far far away.
I don't think Dresden Files would win any literary awards (though I love it, don't get me wrong) but comparing the two is just insulting.
I don't think Hearne has the first idea of writing; his characters are flat, there's no action (scene after scene of sitting around talking to people is not called action), and there's nothing at stake for the characters (how could there be when we're told at the start that Attics can't die and he can heal from anything?).

If all you care about is a, supposedly, hot hero who can kick some god-level ass (talk about overpowered), then this is the book for you.

Oh, don't even get me started on Oberon...
Or all those goddesses fawning over him (amateur male fantasy much?)...
The lack of show over tell...?

Ugh, I can't stop ranting about this. But this review is the last I'll spend anymore time on this series, what a waste of time.

Edit: Just finished the last sentence of the book. Seriously?
Ending the book with a scene of Atticus gifting poodles to Oberon (and poodles in heat, no less)? I tried to ignore the sexist overtones in this book, but that last bit just pushed it over the edge. If I could give this book negative ratings I would. ( )
  vishae | Apr 29, 2021 |
Fun. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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